Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Bourbon Chicken

You know the smell. The one that lures you to the food court and towards the chicken samples. Well, I have good news. You no longer have to sit with your guilt and a mile high box of crispy sweet and tangy chicken in the food court. You can easily have your guilt and eat it too... At home. Just kidding, there's no calories in this. ;)

You will need:

2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces (I love poultry scissors for this)
Canola oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1/3 c soy sauce
3 tablespoons agave nectar
1/2 tsp ginger
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/3 c brown sugar
1/2 cup water mixed with 1 teaspoon cornstarch (this has to be mixed together prior to adding it to the sauce)

Here's what you do:
  • Heat about 1/2 c oil in a large frying pan or saute pan on medium heat
  • Toss your chicken pieces around in a bowl of cornstarch to coat while oil heats up
  • Add chicken to frying pan in a single layer (I always test the oil with one piece of chicken to make sure it's ready)
  • Here's a tip, try not to flip the chicken too much- let it start to crisp up before turning. When all your chicken is good and crispy, remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Set aside.
  • Drain remaining oil (if any- no need to wipe down pan)
  • Mix garlic, ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce, and agave nectar (you could also use apple or pineapple juice) in a small mixing bowl. Stir in ginger, red pepper flakes, brown sugar and cornstarch water (always save for last)
  • Add your sauce to your pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Sauce should thicken.
  • Add your chicken back into the pan of sauce, tossing chicken around to coat. Cook on low heat for an additional 5 minutes. And you're done!

I almost always serve this with fried rice and broccoli. I will share my recipe for our favorite fried rice next week. Hope you enjoy this Bourbon chicken as much as we do. It's become a weekly favorite in our home.

Linking up for Taste of Tuesday today! Go check out all the yummy goodness over there today!


  1. This looks really good. Can't wait to try it!

  2. Oh. My. Gosh. This looks delish!!! I can't wait to try these.. football season needs to hurry up and get here (so I have an excuse)!! Thanks for linking up, friend!

  3. These look super tasty! Can't wait to try them!

  4. This looks so good! I can smell it already.

  5. This looks so delicious! I'm so glad you shared this recipe, we're huge chinese food lovers :)


  6. YUMMMM! These look so good and perfect!! So glad you linked up with Jess and I!

  7. Seriously!! My mouth is watering this looks so good!